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Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
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Chocolate bunny souls. Chocolate. Bunny. Souls.

You, sir, are insane. Never change.

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1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:


At seven o'clock on a dreary evening in the Left Bank, Julia began roasting pigeons for the second time in her life. On the side counters stood the cheese--boxes of Camembert, large hunks of Cantal, and wheels of Brie in various stages of ripeness--some brand-new and almost hard, others soft to the point of oozing. Prevention, of course, is the best medicine, so keep recipe books, dishtowels, and the like away from flames. If you whisk 2 eggs into 1 cup dairy, you'd have what the French call a royale. Ride hard, eat hardy, be thankful.

See which books I picked. )

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I watched this video last night. All of it. Even the first ten minutes, before AB starts talking, mostly because I've always found studying the back of someone's head to be... useful, if not exactly entertaining. ;) But once Alton started, I spent a lot of time laughing. A lot. And after the week I've had, I needed to laugh. I needed to laugh so very much. So, Mr Brown, again I thank you. After ten years, you can still help get me out of nearly any funk I'm in.

And because I know there's at least one other person on my flist who finds Alton a good de-funk-ifier, I give you a picture of his lovely smile:

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...this painting in particular:

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Why can I not remember the name of the guy on the left?

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Ah, Sandra Lee, she of the Drunken Christmas Tree and the Antique Dining Chair as Centerpiece... Semi-Homemade has always been ridiculous in a train-wrecky sort of way. It's good if you want to laugh or stare on in horror on the rare occasion she actually wields cutlery. However, her new Money Saving Meals show actually makes me angry.

I've been in such a Sandra Snit ever since MSM started airing. In SH, she made a fool out of herself on a regular basis. In MSM, she seems to think we're the fools. Especially if we've been following SH, as MSM is completely contradictory to everything she's been espousing for thirteen seasons. All she does is compare apples-to-oranges, pricewise, and pulls random prices for food out of who knows where. I know I shouldn't watch her new show if it only makes me mad, but it really is hard to look away. This article sums hits on some of my issues with her, and does it in a deliciously derisive manner. (As an aside, Rachael Ray gets a lot of crap from a lot of people. She doesn't bother me at all and you can say what you like about her, but she does not deserve to be lumped in with Sandra-Freaking-Lee. Rachael cooks food. Sometimes weird, sometimes unappetizing, but food. Real food. She's nothing like Sandra Lee. Sandra is truly in a league of her own.)

One of the main reasons I rooted so hard for Melissa D'Arabian this season on Next Food Network Star was because she seemed the epitome of the Anti-Sandra. That Melissa's show $10 Dinners seems to be in direct competition with MSM is icing on the cake. Anyway, tonight I was watching an interview with Alton Brown on youtube and, well...   

Semi-sane. Semi-out-of-her-freaking-mind. )
Oh, Alton, what timing you have! I was just wondering what you thought of Shamdra. Like I really needed a reason to love you more.


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1. Do you remember your first ever thing you were fannish about as a wee one?
2. What fandom was your first (fan fic) reading fandom?
3. Are you very monofannish or a fickle fannish butterfly?
4. Did you ever feel really fannish and obsessed about a tv show/movie/book, etc. but without having the desire to write/read fan fic?
5. Did you ever have a fandom that was totally ruined for you by canon and/or fandom politics?
6. Where were you fannishly in 2003?
7. Where were you fannishly in 2005?

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...I'm gonna post some things that have helped cheer me up a bit.

First, this photo gallery. It's Television Without Pity's Brilliant But Cancelled: Sci Fi and Supernatural Shows That Were Axed Too Soon. It has The Pretender! I've been conditioned to expect people to write off Pretender as an X Files rip off or some such. Or, of course, my personal favorite 'The Pretender? Never heard of it.' So, over the years, I've clicked on lists like the one above, without ever really expecting tP to get a mention. It's more than a little awesome that it has this time, and on such a snark-filled website as TWoP.

Second, this. Oh. My. Gosh. Thisthisthis. I preordered it on Amazon the second I found out (from this lovely blog).

Mr Brown? Book signing? Boston? Please?


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Feasting on Asphalt Picspam
Season 1, Episode 2
I Smell Pork

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26 - FoW: Sugar on Isle One
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Sep. 25th, 2008 12:38 pm
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I have Geoffrey Rush stuck in my head. Geoffrey. Rush. Do you know how strange that is? I pick up stuff from things all the time. Physical stuff. I watch too much Dexter and I walk around like Dex does or I start talking like Lundy or something. I watch too much Good Eats and other people notice Alton's mannerisms in me. It's not intentional and I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. I've even caught myself picking up things from Brooks Ashmanskas lately, although I haven't quite managed to acquire his ability to float. (Trust me on this, the man can float.) But this is different. I mean, I just read a fanfic and my carefully-constructed-and-five-years-in-the-making mental image of Snape was replaced with Geoffrey Rush, voice and all. And GeoffreyRush!Snape is weird. GeoffreyRush!Snape/Hermione is weirder. I'll stick to Barbossabeth, thanks. Get out of my head, sir. Please.
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I took some pictures of my room the day I took the picture for my header image. I stumbled across them tonight, so...

here they are. )

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Feasting on Asphalt Picspam
Season 1, Episode 1
The South Shall Fry Again

109 pics. )
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53 minutes. I'm just a little bit bouncy.


Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:57 pm
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I just got two of the three sets of Good Eats DVDs that I didn't have at Target for less than I would have paid for one of them at the Food Network store. Yay! I have a feeling I'm going to miss the Ask Alton segments on these sets, but hey! Bloopers!

In other news, I scraped my thumb on a stone/cement-like thing from the old Melrose Middle School that I had in my closet.
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From here: Your daily dose of Alton Brown (oh and that Iron Chef game)

Will I be getting it? Yes. Even though it makes me LOL like no tomorrow. Seriously.

Edit: They missed his mole, lol. Silly people. We even put it on our AB Mii.


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